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Solo: A Star Wars Story

An engaging but unnecessary bit of backstory for one of blockbuster cinema's most beloved characters.

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First Reformed

A stunning, enrapturing film, a crowning work by one of the American cinema’s most essential artists.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Ebertfest Doc Premieres Tonight on PBS

To celebrate the 18th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, Illinois Public Media and the University of Illinois College of Media have created a new documentary, "Ebertfest 2016: Center of the Universe." The title references Ebert's description of Urbana as the "center of the universe," and his legacy is detailed in this 30-minute piece, as well as the history of Ebertfest. The program will also include a short preview of Ebertfest 2016, which runs from Wednesday, April 13th, through Sunday, April 17th at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois.

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Among the people featured on the program are Chaz Ebert, the late movie critic's wife and the festival co-founder, co-producer and emcee; Chicago movie critics Richard Roeper and Michael Phillips; and Steven Bentz, director of the Virginia Theatre.

"Ebertfest 2016: Center of the Universe" will premiere at 9 p.m. Monday, April 4th, on WILL-TV, with a repeat broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7th. It also will air on WEIU at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8th; on WTTW in Chicago at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10th; and on WTVP in Peoria at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 15th, with an encore on that station at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17th.

Click here to read Chaz Ebert's preview of Ebertfest 2016. To purchase tickets, click here.


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